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Experimental Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

We have 10 Experimental Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

A PhD in Experimental Physics involves a combination of lab-based experiments and mathematical analysis. You'll be designing and executing research projects that aim to understand the fundamental nature of matter, space, and time.

What's it like to do a PhD in Experimental Physics?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll be carrying out your own research project, which will almost certainly involve collaboration with local and national engineering teams. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based experiments and analysis of the data you've gathered.

Most PhDs in Experimental Physics have a research objective that falls under one of the following main areas:

  • particle physics
  • nuclear physics
  • quantum physics
  • astrophysics

You may also be required to submit an independent thesis to be assessed during your viva exam at the end of your programme.

If you are working on a research project that requires lab-based experiments, you may also have access to cutting-edge equipment that is unique to your university.

PhD in Experimental Physics entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Experimental Physics is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters may sometimes be required.

PhD in Experimental Physics funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Experimental Physics in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC). Some projects will have funding attached, meaning you'll receive full coverage of your tuition fees and living costs.

If the project you're applying to does not have coverage of tuition fees, you may be eligible for the UK's doctoral loan to help cover the cost of your PhD.

Some students may also choose to apply for external funding such as a research grant from a charity or trust.

PhD in Experimental Physics careers

You can expect fast career progression in physics, with many graduates going on to careers in academia, research, technology, or medicine.

Some Experimental Physics graduates who do not go on to further research, may find careers in areas such as data science and cyber security.

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Quantum Spin Dynamics in Magnets

Quantum magnets are fascinating physical systems for many reasons. They realise a rich variety of exotic quantum states of matter with entanglement or topological properties. Read more

Preparing for Deep-Inelastic Scattering at the Electron Ion Collider

The Birmingham Particle and Nuclear Physics groups are working with international collaborators in the ePIC collaboration towards a detector for the Electron Ion Collider which is expected to start operation at the Brookhaven Laboratory in the USA around 2030. Read more

Physics with intact protons detected way downstream of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

There are wide-ranging PhD opportunities with the Birmingham ATLAS group, including analysis of Higgs, top and electroweak physics, construction of a state-of-the art upgraded tracking detector and operation and development of trigger electronics. Read more

A Sensor for In-Situ Monitoring of the Condition of Transformer Oils

High voltage transformers are essential components of electrical power stations. The failure of transformers can result in shut down of electrical power stations with significant economic conequences. Read more

Development of multi-scale in situ approaches to understand hydrogen embrittlement of engineering alloys at cryogenic temperatures

Project Abstract. Hydrogen is an essential part of the future of net zero emissions. Cryogenic tanks and distribution pipes are used to store and transport/distribute liquified hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures as demonstrated in space industry and will be used in future hydrogen economy. Read more
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